Mike Pyle (fighter)
|Born||Michael Wayne Pyle
September 18, 1975
Dresden, Tennessee, United States
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (170 lb)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michael Wayne Pyle (born September 18, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Welterweight division of the UFC. He is a former WEC Welterweight Champion, and has also competed in Strikeforce, the Los Angeles Anacondas of the IFL, Elite XC, Affliction, and M-1 Global. As of March 17, 2014, he is #12 in official UFC Welterweight rankings.
Pyle was born and raised in Dresden, Tennessee until the age of 17 when he moved to Birmingham, Alabama. It was there that he began studying Tae Kwon Do. One of his training partners told him, "Man you gotta check out this cage fighter stuff they got going on. There's this guy who lays on the ground and breaks peoples arms ..." The cage fighting they were talking about was the UFC. The man they were talking about was Royce Gracie, the masterful practitioner of the martial arts discipline known as Brazilian jiu-jitsu who won the tournaments at UFC 1, UFC 2 and UFC 4.
Mike created a gym in a 13 x 15-foot shed behind his mother's home in Dresden, searching for any instructional videos for Brazilian jiu-jitsu he could get his hands on as well attending seminars put together by the Gracie family, whenever they were close enough for him to make the drive. Despite having no formal Brazilian jiu-jitsu training, Mike would go on to be a moderately successful submission grappler in mixed martial arts, the large majority of his wins coming by submission. 
Mixed martial arts career
Pyle's first sanctioned amateur MMA fight was in 1999 against future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson. The bout was on ISCF MMA & IKF Kickboxing Promoter Jeff Mullen's November 13 event at the New Daisey Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, (Jackson's hometown). Pyle and Jackson were to be the Main Event and was supposed to be for the ISCF Amateur Mid-South Regional Middleweight Title. However, Jackson weighed in 25 lbs heavy (200lb.) for the title so technically, Pyle (175lb.) won by forfeit. But this could not keep these two from going for it in the ring. The young Pyle, who tried various different submissions during the fight, was thrown and slammed several times, at one point being actually throw out of the ring by the future PRIDE veteran. In the end, Jackson won by unanimous decision but Pyle, who had also fought with two broken fingers, felt that he had won and was quick to ask for a rematch. From this fight, Pyle learned that "just jiu-jitsu wasn't going to be able to cut it." 
World Extreme Cagefighting
On October 14, 2005, Pyle became the WEC Welterweight Champion by defeating Bret Bergmark. He would go on to successfully defend his WEC title against veteran Shonie Carter on January 13, 2006. He defeated Carter by triangle choke submission in the first round.
Pyle then left the WEC for the IFL and was stripped of the title in December 2006.
The IFL and Affliction
Pyle fought three times in the IFL fights as a member of Bas Rutten’s Los Angeles Anacondas. He also fought for Elite XC, Strikeforce, and he was featured on the preliminary card of the first event co-promoted by Affliction Clothing and Adrenaline MMA: Affliction: Banned.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pyle then signed with the UFC as a replacement for Chris Wilson, fighting Brock Larson at UFC 98. Pyle took the fight on just one week's notice. Pyle lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.
Pyle gave John Hathaway his first professional MMA loss via unanimous decision on October 16, 2010 at UFC 120, replacing an injured Dong Hyun Kim. He controlled the fight for all three rounds, out-striking and out-grappling Hathaway, even going as far as putting Hathaway in a modified crucifix-triangle choke hold and raining down unanswered strikes.
Pyle was expected to face Paulo Thiago on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142. However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Ricardo Funch. Pyle won the bout via TKO in the first round.
Pyle was then matched up against James Head on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Pyle was expected to face Gunnar Nelson on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. However, Nelson pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Rick Story. Although he got knocked down in the end of the first round, Pyle withstood Story's attack and recovered in the second round, coming close to submitting his opponent with a kimura. In the third round Pyle came on strong, landing numerous knees and elbows and hurting Story. Pyle won the fight via split decision.
Pyle and his girlfriend were married in October 2009.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||26 wins||9 losses|
|Win||26–9–1||TJ Waldburger||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC 170||February 22, 2014||3||4:03||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||25–9–1||Matt Brown||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||0:29||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||25–8–1||Rick Story||Decision (split)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–8–1||James Head||TKO (knee & punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale||December 15, 2012||1||1:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–8–1||Josh Neer||KO (punch)||UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall||June 8, 2012||1||4:56||Sunrise, Florida, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||22–8–1||Ricardo Funch||TKO (knee & punches)||UFC 142||January 14, 2012||1||1:22||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||21–8–1||Rory MacDonald||TKO (punches)||UFC 133||August 6, 2011||1||3:54||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||21–7–1||Ricardo Almeida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–7–1||John Hathaway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 120||October 16, 2010||3||5:00||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||19–7–1||Jesse Lennox||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||4:44||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||18–7–1||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (punches)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||2||0:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–6–1||Chris Wilson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard||September 16, 2009||3||2:15||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||17–6–1||Brock Larson||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||1||3:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–5–1||Brian Gassaway||Submission (armbar)||SuperFights MMA: Night of Combat 2||October 11, 2008||1||4:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–5–1||J.J. Ambrose||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||1||2:51||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||15–5–1||Dan Hornbuckle||Submission (triangle choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2||May 18, 2008||1||4:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–5–1||Damir Mirenic||Submission (kimura)||HCF: Destiny||February 1, 2008||2||1:24||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||13–5–1||Jake Shields||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EliteXC: Renegade||November 10, 2007||1||3:39||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–4–1||Aaron Wetherspoon||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||12–4–1||Ross Ebañez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EliteXC Destiny||February 10, 2007||1||1:55||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||11–4–1||Matt Horwich||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IFL: World Championship Semifinals||November 2, 2006||2||1:02||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||11–3–1||John Cole||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL: Portland||September 9, 2006||1||0:17||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||10–3–1||Rory Markham||KO (punch)||IFL: Legends Championship 2006||April 29, 2006||1||0:44||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–2–1||Gustavo Machado||TKO (punches)||GFC: Team Gracie vs. Team Hammer House||March 3, 2006||1||1:20||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||9–2–1||Shonie Carter||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 18||January 13, 2006||1||2:06||Lemoore, California, United States||Defended WEC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||8–2–1||Bret Bergmark||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 17||October 14, 2005||1||3:36||Lemoore, California, United States||Won WEC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2–1||Tony Sanza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SportFight 12||September 16, 2005||1||1:06||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||6–2–1||Damian Hatch||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SportFight 10||May 28, 2005||1||2:07||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||5–2–1||Patrick Suhl||KO (punches)||Viking Fight 5||May 2, 2004||1||1:31||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||4–2–1||Petras Markevičius||Submission (triangle choke)||Viking Fight 5||May 2, 2004||2||0:55||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||3–2–1||Arschak Dahabagian||Submission (triangle choke)||Viking Fight 4||February 1, 2004||2||3:39||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Loss||2–2–1||Valdas Pocevičius||Submission (guillotine choke)||Shooto||November 14, 2003||1||3:37||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Draw||2–1–1||Andrei Semenov||Draw||M-1 Mix Fight Championship: Russia vs. the World 5||April 6, 2003||1||10:00||St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia||Special rules bout; non-stoppage resulted in draw.|
|Win||2–1||Daan Kooiman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Viking Fight 3||February 15, 2003||1||0:49||Aarhus, Denmark|
|Win||1–1||Jon Fitch||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Revolution Fighting Championship 1||July 13, 2002||1||2:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Quinton Jackson||Decision (unanimous)||International Sport Combat Federation: Memphis||November 13, 1999||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
Title last held byKaro Parisyan
|4th WEC Welterweight Champion
October 14, 2005 - December, 2006
Zuffa vacated title
Title next held byCarlos Condit
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- Ben Fowlkes (December 23, 2010). "My First Fight: Mike Pyle". mmafighting.com.
- "Welterweight Mike Pyle tapped as "standby" fighter for UFC 98". mmajunkie.com. May 19, 2009.
- "UFC Fight Night 19: Chris Wilson vs Mike Pyle in the works for Sept. 16". mmamania.com. July 6, 2009.
- "Jake Ellenberger vs Mike Pyle on tap for Jan. 2". mmamania.com. October 27, 2009.
- "Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox in the works for UFC 115 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. February 15, 2010.
- Mike Chiappetta. "Mike Pyle Replaces Injured Dong Hyun Kim, Will Face John Hathaway at UFC 120". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Ricardo Almeida vs Mike Pyle Targeted for UFC 128 -- MMA Fighting". mmafighting.com. December 25, 2010.
- "UFC 128 scorecards". heavymma.com. March 23, 2011.
- "UFC 133: Welterweights Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle Set for Aug. 6 in Philly". mmafrenzy.com. May 23, 2011.
- "Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Pyle at UFC 142". tatame.com. November 22, 2011.
- "Ricardo Funch In To Face Mike Pyle at UFC 142". mmaweekly.com. December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
- "Mike Pyle: I'm fighting Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3 on June 8". mmamania.com. March 22, 2012.
- "Mike Pyle says he's fighting James Head at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale". mmajunkie.com. 2012-09-24. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- John Morgan (February 28, 2013). "Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- Staff (April 10, 2013). "Rick Story replaces Gunnar Nelson, meets Mike Pyle at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Mookie Alexander (2013-07-03). "Thiago Alves injured, Mike Pyle now fights Matt Brown at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
- Jason Floyd (2013-12-11). "Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger is the latest addition to UFC 170". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- Staff (2014-07-02). "UFC Fight Night 49 adds Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- "Mike Pyle ready to prove he belongs in the UFC". 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2009-09-18.